The common pipe is one of the most fundamental parts of the plumbing system. The pipelines carry water and gases into the property and take the wastes out and into the sewers and storm water. That’s why when a blocked drain pipe occurs in any part of your property it causes a lot of damage and interrupts the enjoyment and amenity of your home.
We have listed four things to remember when your drain pipes are blocked.
1. Try to remember what caused the blocked drain
A blocked drain pipe is one of the most common problems with the plumbing system. There are many factors as to why drain pipes in different parts of the property can become blocked, so when it occurs, it is crucial to identify what caused this. The cause may vary depending on which part of the property it occurs.
The bathroom is one of the plumbing system’s focal points, and this is often where most of the problems are first noticed. The cause may vary depending on which drain pipe is blocked. If the toilet is blocked, the sewer system is already full with waste and tissue papers, or things such as baby wipes, which should never be put down the toilet. If the drain in the floor is blocked, the number one culprit here is fallen hair from showering.
Food particles, including cooking oils and fats, usually cause the blocking of pipes in the kitchen. When washing small food particles and liquids down the kitchen sink, plate scrapings and grease from the cooking pan are unavoidable. The oils, fats and food scraps go down the line, solidify and slowly block the drain. These are the most common things that cause blocking in the pipes connected to the kitchen sink.
Outside the house, the most common cause of blockages are roots getting inside the pipes. In the early days, a root blockage will cause toilet paper and waste to get caught up on them. Later on, when the roots get more substantial, the root build-up will start to fill up the entire inside of the pipe, making it difficult to clear. Therefore catching a blockage early is essential.
Blocked roof gutters and downpipes occur when rain washes debris that has fallen on the roof into them.
2. Always leave the chemicals up to the professionals
The use of tools such as toilet and sink plungers are effective ways to relieve the blocking of some fixtures temporarily, but it is crucial to leave installing the chemicals up to the professionals. Instead of using chemical-based solutions, try pouring hot water into the pipes and then use the plunger to unblock it temporarily. Please note: never put hot water down your toilet or through any porcelain. It may crack or fracture with the sudden heat change. Chemical-based solutions may give instant relief to the blocked pipe, but if used incorrectly can cause harm to you, your fixtures and your plumbing system. Not to mention most of them don’t work the way they advertise.
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If the problem is persistent and is not going away, it is time to ask for help from a licensed plumber. While this is a common problem, blocked drains are serious and should not be ignored. It is best to let licensed plumbers inspect the pipes from within using a drain camera “CCTV” and let them solve it using their knowledge, experience, and the right tools and equipment for the job. This way, you will not have to worry about other issues that stem from a blocked drainpipe or if it will recur again. Using the drain camera, we can also ensure no further problems down the line will show up once the first issue is fixed.
4. Learn from experience
Lastly, learn from your experience to ensure the problems don’t recur and implement long-term solutions to avoid bad habits and incidents that will result in blocked drain pipes. For example, if you have a blocked pipe in the bathroom, install drain strainers so that hair that has fallen will be filtered before it goes down the drain. The same goes if you have a blocked pipe in the kitchen. To avoid it from happening again, learn to properly dispose and segregate food wastes by placing labelled trash bins according to the type of food waste, and use drain strainers in the sink.
We hope these simple habits and techniques help you to maintain the health of your plumbing system into the future and you will not hesitate to call a licensed plumber in certain circumstances.
For residents living in the areas of Berowra, Cherrybrook, Hornsby, Pymble, Wahroonga, and neighbouring suburbs in Sydney, Andrew Vanny Plumbing are available 24/7 to attend to any plumbing emergency you might encounter. We have been providing plumbing services for over 30 years now, and our team of licensed and experienced plumbers will solve your plumbing problem efficiently. To know more about our company, services offerings, and rates, call us at 0480 009 605 or email us at email@example.com.